SZ5_SKINNYJEANS's SparkPeople Blog SZ5_SKINNYJEANS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community FIRST HALF-MARATHON-- COMPLETE! I don't update here much anymore, but I'm still at it! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I completed my very first half-marathon (SAY WHAAAAAAAT?!) And am already thinking forward to my training for the Brooklyn Half-- I'm looking to do NYRR's 2013 5-borough series and run the NYC 2014 Half-Marathon! So in 7 weeks, I'll be racing again. <BR> <BR> It's surreal to think that when I first started running I could barely run a full consecutive mile. Now I've dine about 10x that! Mamma mia. I'm floored. We ne... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 22:00:24 EST Make Your Resolution A Success With 2013 upon us a lot of us are making resolutions that we're hoping to keep for three months, six months or even through the entire year. I'm no stranger to failed resolutions-- everything from trying to lose weight to adapting a more fashionable sense of style. Within the last few years, I've found that while I have failed in some of my resolutions I have been successful in others. In 2012, for example, I: <BR> <BR> ...Read the full post @ <link><BR>s... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 23:27:02 EST First Half-Marathon! Officially registered for my first half-marathon! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Scared and nervous and excited all at the same time! No turning back now! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 01:55:32 EST Let's Talk: Commitment Many a times I've faltered at keeping to schedule. When you're late for work it's a completely different story than when you're late to your workout. I've missed many a workouts because I couldn't will myself out of bed at 9AM on a Saturday morning, but I have yet to miss work because of such a reason. <BR> <BR> I'm sure many of you would agree that saying you're committed is completely different from actually following through so one of the most important parts of commitment is (and in my o... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 18:40:07 EST You Can't Stop Me December Goal: Run NYRR 4M Jingle Bell Jog <BR> <BR> Accomplishment of the Day (AOD): Hit the gym, ran a mile and did an extra 40 minutes of cardio. <BR> <BR> Day 1 of the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> Additional going-ons: <BR> <BR> Officially employed at the running/tri specialty store JackRabbit Sports in NYC. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As part of my training, tried on my first wetsuit while at work. <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 03:10:14 EST Sigh. Feeling fat even though I think I've lost close to 3 lbs since June started. <BR> <BR> Hate these kinds of days. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 20:37:53 EST Hispanic And Fit? As a Dominican woman trying to take care of my body, get fit and live a healthy lifestyle it is extremely discouraging sometimes by the lack of fitness blogs I find that are run by women of color. I am not sure if it’s a matter of they don’t exist, I’m not finding them or they’re not trying to be found but I am constantly finding all these fitness blogs that have fit women who don’t look like me— in skin tone, in body shape, in facial features, in hair texture, etc. etc. <BR> <BR> It reminds... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 23:32:31 EST Fitness Risks Can Be Fun! I tried Kickboxing today! My friend and I decided to take an intro class just to check it out and I had such a blast that I can't wait to sign up! Not only did they kick my butt (in the most fun and encouraging way possible) but they made me feel comfortable about working out in Central Park. Yes, you read correctly. Central Park. We were working out in the middle of the park, on a huge grassy area where a whole bunch of people were lounging around or walking by. I was totally scared and nerv... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 00:01:36 EST 3rd Workout of the Week DAY #3! Aaaaaaaaaaah! Really making sure that I am keeping myself motivated. Putting stickers on my calendar for every workout definitely helps! <BR> <BR> Here are Thursday's stats: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing on their fitness goals? Thu, 7 Jun 2012 19:34:50 EST Wednesday's Check In <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My MiCoach was being real wonky today. All I heard was static on my headphones whenever it was coaching me despite the fact that my music was coming in loud and clear. I am hoping it is just a temporary glitch, because I live by this thing. <BR> <BR> But, I hit the treadmill for 30 minutes then the elliptical to complete the hour and since I was feeling really upset I walked a mile and a half before finally hoping... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 00:58:58 EST Starting June On Both Feet Today's stats: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 15 min Stationary Bike + 20 min Run + 25 min Elliptical= 60 min work out and 899 Calories. BAM baby. Mon, 4 Jun 2012 23:45:35 EST May 2012's Fitness Calendar <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And new stickers! I only worked out 7 days in May, but it just makes me realize how much more I need to ramp it up for June. <BR> <BR> I am aiming for at least 720 minutes of fitness in June (about 45 minutes of fitness on any given 16 days in the month). Thu, 31 May 2012 22:46:32 EST Because I've Never Owned Or Worn A Bikini... And even though I flubbed up my chance for this summer, I know 2013 is still a chance. So my last hour consisted of abs, arms and legs. <BR> <BR> Squats and lunges are by far the suckiest of them all. <BR> <BR> In other news, I bought smiley stickers for my fitness calendar. Yup, I'm getting real serious again. Tue, 29 May 2012 20:25:04 EST Nothing Gets Done Without Work I stepped on the scale today and noticed that I've gained close to 4 pounds in the last month. So, first and foremost I'm focusing on getting the "diet" a.k.a nutrition part of my lifestyle in check. My boyfriend has a tendency to bring home everything my sweet tooth adores-- ice cream, Oreos, Twix, etc-- and persuade me into ordering out rather than making dinner. I worked really hard in Senior Year to get down to 160 and I've very obviously let myself go over the past year. Even though I fi... Sun, 27 May 2012 16:59:33 EST New Year Check-In My best friend and I have agreed to be fitness buddies! Being that we live far away from each other we started a WordPress blog as a way to keep each other motivated. I guess you can say it's our own take on checking in. Below are some of my "highlights" for today: <BR> <BR> -Weighed in at 175lbs. That is a gain of about 15 lbs since my last April/May weigh in. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> -I've been keeping a food journal to examine my eating patterns. The most difficult has been cutting back... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 20:23:18 EST Always Get Back Up On Thursday, October 27th I hit the gym after nearly a 4 month hiatus. I started to note a difference in my health-- going up the stairs felt like hell, my clothes were fitting tighter, my stomach was looking flabbier... ICK. And my eating habits? Ay carumba. <BR> <BR> I think I needed that break to sort of clear my head, get priorities straight. You know I was (well... still AM) fresh out of college, not really sure where things would go, feeling hopeless and lost. But I worked at a camp wh... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 19:09:42 EST Post-Race Check In <img src=""> <BR> My [first EVER!] race number from the NYRR Mini 10k on June 11, 2011. <BR> <BR> Racing was really daunting at first! I was extremely intimidated by the women around me, the women on teams who looks extremely fit and like they ran 20 miles every day for the last 30 years. I was also intimidated because it felt like I was the only 1st timer there (which of course I wasn't but you can never weed them out!) As soon as we st... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 22:00:10 EST It's That Kind of Time I'm not exactly sure what's wrong with me but my motivation is waning. So far, I've skipped all 7 of my allotted "Free" days and today when I tried to run 5 miles for the first time, I just couldn't pull myself to go past the first. I wasn't myself on the elliptical and when it comes to getting up in the mornings I'd just much rather roll around to the other side of the bed. <BR> <BR> It worries me because on top of that I keep getting frustrated with the idea that I can't just eat whatever ... Tue, 10 May 2011 20:34:43 EST Goals, Goals, Goals! April's Goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Work out a minimum of 19 days (If I make every one of my scheduled work outs for April, I'll be at 26 days.) <BR> 2. Buy my much deserved Adidas MiCoach (Reward for hitting 170 at the end of Jan) <BR> 3. Take progress pictures <BR> 4. Be able to do at least 10 push ups (I'm taking on the 100 Push ups challenge. Yup. Sexy delts, pecs and triceps time.) <BR> <BR> April's Achievements: <BR> <BR> 1. Ran 4 consecutive miles for the first time ever! <BR> 2. Fastest mi... Sun, 1 May 2011 13:55:58 EST Once I Get Down... To 160lbs (in about 1-2 lbs or so) I just might put up a before/after progress pic. <BR> <BR> Don't hold me to that though. Thu, 28 Apr 2011 19:57:00 EST Wow... I just put together progress pictures from January 2009, when I was about 192, to pictures of me now, about 163/162, and I just can't believe I ever let myself get that big... <BR> <BR> This also means I'm just about halfway to my goal. <BR> <BR> I was going down such a bad road. I would've been like my brother, with all these health issues at 30. But every day, I'm fighting that. <BR> <BR> Nothing worth having comes without a fight. Tue, 26 Apr 2011 15:23:35 EST Because Old Mantras Just Don't Cut It [To the tune of "Rain Rain Go Away"] <BR> <BR> Fat fat melt away <BR> <BR> Never come back ever again <BR> <BR> Muscle muscle come today <BR> <BR> I want abs for beach bod-ay <BR> <BR> (The extent of my boredom as I wait for my food to digest so I can go hit the gym!) Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:43:30 EST Adidas MiCoach Review Technically, it's not the weekend but I promised a post on my new Adidas miCoach and since I'm taking a break from working on my thesis/screenplay (talk about huge stressor) I decided now would be a better time than never. <BR> <BR> I was so excited to get my new buddy that I rushed off to the post office and opened it up the moment I got to work. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The pacer is the middle, the battery and stride monitor ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 01:51:30 EST 100 Push Ups After my second push up test, I decided to re-do Week 2 of the Hundred Push Ups challenge so that I was really prepared for Week 3. Instead of staying on the "easiest"--take serious note of the quotation marks!-- set though, I decided to go for the medium set. <BR> <BR> Wow. <BR> <BR> Talk about putting in effort! <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 1: <BR> Maximum Reps (for 5th Set): 13 Push ups <BR> Total # of Push ups: 49 <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 2: <BR> Maximum Reps (for 5th Set): 14 Push ups <BR> Total #... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 22:30:17 EST (Pro)Portion Distortion As crazy as it sounds, despite the fact that I've lost a good 30lbs within the last 2 years, I still see myself as obese. I perceive my body just the same the thinner I get. I still feel like I'm much closer to that 192 of Sophomore year than the 164.2 of today. I bring this up because this isn't just an issue that is pertinent to individuals losing weight. For many people, the way we see and perceive our bodies is not necessarily in line with reality. This can be from the really thin individ... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 15:54:51 EST 100 Push Ups: Week 2 Stats: <BR> <BR> Day 1: <BR> Maximum Reps (for 5th Set): 10 Push ups <BR> Total # of Push ups: 28 <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 2: <BR> Maximum Reps (for 5th Set): 12 Push ups <BR> Total # of Push ups: 32 <BR> <BR> Day 3: <BR> Maximum Reps (for 5th Set): 9 Push ups (Struggled!!... again lol) <BR> Total # of Push ups: 31 <BR> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:49:52 EST How To Keep Going In a rush for class, I packed my bag. Sneakers, check. Running tights, check. Sports bra, check. Headphones, check. T-shirt, check! After sitting down at the table to have breakfast-- 1/2 Cinnamon Raisin bagel with a light spread of peanut butter and Strawberry jelly (YUM!) and a cup of Suisse Mocha-- I ran off to class. I was attentive and highly interested in Film class. Directors like Coppola? Movies like The Graduate? I'm there! Afterward, I enjoyed a good hour and fifteen of ballet. Then... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 11:00:42 EST 73-Year-Old (Female) Marathoner Wow! This is just wow: <link><BR>words-of-wisdom-from-a-73-year-old-mar<BR>athoner.html </link> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 23:52:44 EST Help! So I'm re-reading this book my brother gave me on weight loss "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" by Tom Venuto (which I recommend to any and every one! It really has good tips and advice not only on burning fat but also on building muscle) and I'm sort of at a crossroads in terms of my calorie intake. My SparkPeople plan is 1,200 - 1,550 calories. (BTW, I wonder is SparkPeople's plan based on the assumption that I am doing little to no exercise?) <BR> <BR> According to BTFFTM though if I take i... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 18:52:32 EST Need Motivation? <link><BR>laid-off-pushed-richard-to-shed-155-po<BR>unds/ </link> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 09:20:47 EST My Tidbit To You One of the most beautiful things you can do? Be yourself. It's simple. Let's say you go buy a pair of Adidas sneakers, and when you come home you discover the logo says "Adadis." You wanted the real thing! You would want a refund wouldn't you? It's the same expectation when someone meets you. You may think you're the weirdest, dumbest, uncool, annoying, [insert own adjective here] person in the world. But if you're confident enough to let people see the real you then people will love all the ... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 21:36:34 EST 100 Push ups: Week 1 I officially have week 1 of the 100 push ups challenge under my belt! Even though the program only requires 3 days a week, I can actually start to feel a difference in the amount of strength I have in my upper shoulders! One of my goals for April is to perform 10 push ups in good form without a problem. <em>320</em> I can't wait to check my progress at the end of the month! <BR> <BR> Stats: <BR> <BR> Day 1: <BR> Maximum Reps (for 5th Set): 8 Push ups <BR> Total # of Push ups: 17 <BR> <BR... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 21:11:14 EST In The End, You'll See The Light I really didn't want to go. The mere thought made me submerge myself deeper into the covers. <BR> <BR> "Seriously. What's one day?" <BR> <BR> "A lot and we both know it." <BR> <BR> I growled and flipped onto my other side. The little angel on my shoulder was right. I was getting into one of those funks, where I think everything is working against me. Still single. Still no news from graduate schools. Still not down 40 lbs. Still feeling ugly. Still stressed. I know getting up and getting d... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 01:08:41 EST April 14th Marks 2 months of vegetarianism (or well really pescetarianism)! I find myself trying new options and being inventive with my food options now that I can't eat meat. Can't say I'm having any doubts! Thu, 7 Apr 2011 16:24:24 EST 2070 There's this much older man, I believe he's a professor probably around 60s-70s, who I see on the track from time to time. He wears these short shorts, an 80s inspired headband and carries his walkman. Yes. I said walkman. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I find the man a complete inspiration. And after noticing the walkman today, I couldn't help but wish for the day when I'm a little old lady going for a run with my outdated mp3 player. <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> In other news, began the 100 Push ups... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 23:51:35 EST Spring(ing) Into April March's Achievements: <BR> <BR> 1. Ran 2.5 consecutive miles for the first time ever <BR> 2. Ran 3 consecutive miles for the first time ever! <BR> 3. Survived as a vegetarian when I went home for Spring Break <BR> 4. Stuck to my training during Spring Break (That's usually when I hit a rough patch in my exercising!) <BR> 5. Ran outside. Outside. By myself. May not be big for you, but that's HUGE for me! <BR> <BR> March 2010 was obviously a big running month. <BR> <BR> April'... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 14:54:37 EST Pizza Veggie Burger There hasn't been any food in the fridge for the past two weeks, so I keep having to experiment if I don't want to go hungry. For Lunch? <BR> <BR> Veggie Pizza Burger! <BR> <BR> (The picture didn't do the thing justice! Otherwise, you would see it in all its glory right in this space.) <BR> <BR> Basically: <BR> <BR> 1 - 6" Flour Tortilla <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup pasta sauce <BR> <BR> 1 Veggie Burger (I chose Gardenburger's Black Bean patty) <BR> <BR> Pla... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:18:11 EST It's Just See You Later I've been on this weird roller coaster of emotions lately i.e. super happy one second and then crying into my pillow the next. It's a mixture of things I guess... schoolwork, post-Graduation plans, my love life (sorry, correction: lack thereof), my weight, finances. I tend to get into serious bouts of depression right before my period but when I resorted to having cake and ice cream for dinner tonight, I realized that I really need to pull myself back together. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> I fee... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 23:15:22 EST Meal Plan Recall The hardest part of losing weight? Nutrition. Nutrition has always been the hardest part for me. Sometimes, it's just a matter of feeling unbelievably hungry despite the fact that I've already reached my calorie limit or simply wanting a cookie out of the freshly baked batch on top of the oven. There are days when depriving myself is just too unbearable. On top of that I personally think I'm terrible at calorie counting. I'm always scared I'm not putting down everything just right (especially... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 01:00:35 EST Bikini. Shorts. LA. Life. Bikini. Shorts. LA. Life. Halfway through, energy began to wane but I set out for 3 so I figured since I would be up there on that track just a wee bit longer it was time for a self-talk. <BR> <BR> "First off, love," I began, "stop thinking so much. Concentrate. Watch your form. Make sure you're not tense in the shoulders. Keep your arms below your heart. Slow and steady. Don't overextend your right, your hip will hurt. Watch that you don't roll your left, to avoid knee pain. Good. Now listen and listen good. Don't j... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 15:33:24 EST And One For Me! My mother made these delicious looking ground meat stuffed red peppers but alas, since I'm only eating fish these days she made me this wonderful fellow: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A red pepper stuffed with corn, peas, a ground up Morningstar Black Bean Burger patty and cheese, topped with some tomato sauce and a little more cheese. <BR> <BR> Seriously, why do I even have to go back to school tomorrow when I can stay home and hav... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 17:03:38 EST Keep Morale High And everything your heart desires will come. <BR> <BR> I've been having the best year of my life. I'm still in a monetary rut, I'm totally freaked out about where life will take me come May, and sometimes I think it'd be nice to have a steady relationship. But you know what? That's all small stuff that just makes my life even more worth living. There are possibilities! My life is not at a standstill and that is worth celebrating. <BR> <BR> It's only March, and 2011 has been a fantastic year... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 19:53:10 EST Let's Talk Motivation For some people, it comes easy. I go to school with this one kid who seems to have never procrastinated or put something off a day in his life. I, on the other hand, have put off: <BR> <BR> -Reading for Class <BR> <BR> -Calling Customer Service <BR> <BR> -Shipping Books <BR> <BR> -Learning to Cook <BR> <BR> -Getting my Learner’s Permit <BR> <BR> -Getting my License <BR> <BR> -Preparing myself food <BR> <BR> -Finishing off applications <BR> <BR> -Looking up steering wheels for my fath... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 10:43:26 EST What I Shouldn't Be Thinking/Feeling Something about being at home with no gym and no scale is really frustrating me and making me feel like I'm never going to get anyway near accomplishing my fitness goals (which, deep down I know is not true if I just keep consistent and motivated but you know how the human mind can work). I mean, naturally I tend to go through these sort of cycles and I try not to talk about it here but I feel like really, it's part of the process. If I can't be honest on my own blog then personally I feel I ... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 17:31:27 EST Presents With my 22nd birthday just 2 weeks away (aaah! How crazy?!) I am starting to wonder what I should get myself for my birthday. It's a nice way to show myself how much I appreciate me for just being me! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> So far, I have thought of multiple options just am not sure which route to take. I've considered: <BR> <BR> 1. The "fitness/nutrition/health" option: a new nano to replace my shuffle (because I am dying with something that has a screen/a timer on it), fitness apparel or... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 16:39:15 EST I Know I Shouldn't... But I'm starting to obsess about my weight. I just want to be in the gym for 24 hours until I'm thinner. <em>24</em> Sat, 5 Feb 2011 00:14:18 EST It Won't Work!! So I really wanted to upload my first vlog for you guys, to update you on February and such but for some reason my videos keep getting cut off. Maybe next month. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Anywho, for February (a.k.a my birthday month, yay!) I've decided to go back to some prior goals. I want to work on consistency for this month, so really aiming for working out 5 times a week. So far that hasn't worked out because the gym on campus keeps closing due to the snow (and yet classes are still not ... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 21:36:29 EST I Hate Those Days: When I eat and still feel hungry. <em>234</em> It makes me feel like such a cow for just eating and eating. Sun, 19 Dec 2010 22:12:07 EST I Lied... I couldn't stay away from the scale. <em>198</em> Welp, now back to watching what I eat and exercising. Fri, 17 Dec 2010 22:47:48 EST Really Excited! To use my new running apparel! <em>182</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My first EVER: running top and pair of running tights! I was going to wait until I got down to 170 and buy some running tights with my heart rate monitor but I just couldn't help myself. I was too excited to get some new running bottoms! <em>334</em> I've never had running apparel before. I'm so excited! <BR> <BR> [You know an obsession has really begun when I start ... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 02:06:31 EST